Mozart, Beethoven, and ... Skrillex?
If you've ever gotten into an argument about whether electronic music is "high culture" or not, prepare to have a definitive answer. A German court ruled this week that the high-profile parties at the infamous Berghain club should be classified in much the same way as classical music.
Believe it or not, this is not a trivial issue. The ruling will allow the Berlin nightclub to stay in a much lower tax bracket, allowing them to pay 7% culture tax instead of the typical 19% entertainment tax.
Those opposed to this ruling argued that a place where individuals come to dance, have fun and take drugs is "ruled by entertainment, not by culture." However, the club's management successfully argued that the same could be said for classical music. The court sided with Berghain.
This is not only a win for the nightlife culture, but also people who love electronic music. Rock 'n roll may never die, but techno is "high culture."
If you are to believe the various editorial writers and talking heads, London's nightlife scene is coming to an end. But don't tell that to Lady Gaga, who surprised everybody by debuting her newest single a tiny nightclub in Hackney.
Forget the music video and media blitz that accompanied Perfect Illusion, fans of Moth Club were in for a treat when Lady Gaga performed her latest chart-topper. The event showed the 30 year old singer in top form, sporting an aggressive ponytail and revealing top. She rocked a small stage, giving the crowd an unforgettable performance.
Producer Mark Ronson warmed the audience up for the Poker Face singer, giving club-goers an exciting two hours of incredible music. But all bets were off when Lady Gaga appeared at 1:25 am. Lady Gaga performed several of her biggest hits, including a slowed down version of Bad Romance. The audience described the performance as "electric" and "unbelievable."
After watching the video, it's hard to disagree.
Despite outcry from the public and support from London's mayor, Fabric Nightclub has been forced to close for good.
This disappointing news comes after a voluntary hiatus following the deaths of two teenagers. This led to condemnation, where some accused the club of being a "safe haven" for illegal drug use.
All this came to a head on Wednesday morning, when the local council decided to revoke Fabric's license. This was not the news that more than 100,000 petition-signers were hoping to hear. Without a license, Fabric Nightclub has been forced into a permanent closure.
But all may not be lost, as the club, along with the Night Time Industries Association (NTIA), has vowed to appeal to ruling. They are hoping to raise £500,000 to help with the legal costs. As it stands now, NTIA deputy chair Alexander Proud pledged £10,000 to the fund.
Speaking out, NTIA's Chairman Allen Miller wants the local authorities to take a "grown up" approach towards drugs and not simply blame the clubs and bars. "Much consideration and investigation needs to go into decisions like these," he explained in a BBC Radio interview. "Especially where there has been a tragic incident."
This closure has turned the London nightlife scene upside down, with many wondering if this is the beginning of the end. Instead of taking a doom and gloom approach, we recommend you show your favorite nightclub love. Whether it's Maddox, The Box Soho, Cirque Le Soir or Drama Park Lane, this is a good time to let everybody know that London's nightlife scene is still thriving.
After the voluntary closing of Fabric Nightclub, support has come from an unlikely source.
London mayor Sadiq Khan recently responded to an overwhelmingly successful petition rallying support for London's controversial hotspot. Fabric Nightclub closed earlier this month after two 18-year-pld partiers died of a drug overdose. This led to a report condemning the club for its lenient policies, calling it a "safe haven" for illegal drug use.
Fans of the club were understandably upset, taking to the internet to voice their opinion on the closing. Nearly 100,000 people signed an online petition calling for the return of Fabric Nightclub, emphasizing how vital it is to the nightlife economy.
Sadiq Khan agreed, pledging his support to the club. "I am committed to using the influence of my office to overcome the numerous challenges facing the night time economy." He also vowed to put safety checks in place to combat some of the nightclub's seedier problems.
"My team have spoken to all involved in the current situation and I am urging them to find a common sense solution that ensures the club remains open while protecting the safety of those who want to enjoy London's clubbing scene."
It sure didn't take long for the fastest man in the world to hit the London party scene.
Just days after winning gold at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Usain Bolt has been caught partying with a bevy of attractive women at the legendary Tape Nightclub.
It all started earlier in the week, when the Olympic champ was seen dancing with six mysterious women at the central London nightclub. One day later, he was back at it again, with a new batch of women. The Daily Mail reports that he picked up quite the posse at the club, apparently continuing the party back in his hotel room.
All this comes after the gold medalist was pictured in bed with the former wife of drug kingpin Jady Duarte after a wild night in Rio.
One woman who isn't impressed with Usain's recent escapades is Kasi Bennett, the runner's girlfriend of two years. She has voiced her displeasure for her boyfriend's infidelity on social media, suggesting that the fastest man in the world may have a hard time getting away from an uncomfortable conversation when he returns home.
This is further proof that you never know who you'll run into at Tape Nightclub.
The internet nearly melted down when Calvin Harris and Nicole Scherzinger were spotted at Tape Nightclub last week.
After a recent (and public) breakup with Taylor Swift, the sighting predictably started a flurry of relationship rumors. Could it be that the Scottish DJ and former Pussycat Doll are an item?
Not so fast, says HollywoodLife.com. Citing an unnamed source, the rag claims "Nicole and Calvin are not serious whatsoever. They are both using their recent hangout as an opportunity."
Even with that, online chatter persists. Harris and Scherzinger have been spotted together all over London, fueling speculation. Regardless of whether they are just friends or something more, these two are definitely having a great time. It just goes to know who you may run into when you book VIP tables and bottle service at Tape London.